Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Roman coin of Decentius, crotal bell and a Buff-tip larva

Buff-tip larva, Phalera bucephala
On September 3rd I joined a tour of Heyshott Common led by Paul Stevens. We were looking for reptiles but the weather was against us and we only saw Common Lizards and Slow-worms. I watched a late instar Buff-tip larva eating a silver birch leaf and saw Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Silver Y. 
 Afterwards I called at Fairmile Bottom where I saw a Clouded Yellow, Meadow Browns, Small Heath, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Whites, Common Blues and Common Carpets.
 On 4th September I joined a metal detecting dig and found a 13th century buckle, a coin of the Roman Emperor Decentius, a complete crotal (animal) bell and a James I coin weight for a gold half angel (worth 6s 8d to 11 shillings at the time).
Heyshott Common:
dead Dor Beetle, Geotrupid species
someone's heath sandcastle
mating Black Slugs, Arion ater agg.
Sand Lizard burrow, Lacerta agilis
Fairmile Bottom:
Common Carpet, Epirrhoe alternata
Meadow Brown in spider web with  with Red Mite, Trombidium breei

Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina
Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina with Red Mite, Trombidium breei
Small White, Pieris rapae
Wild Carrot, Daucus carota
Wild Carrot
detecting finds:
Buckle type1B, 1250-1350AD
coin of Decentius 351-353AD
coin weight - James I - half angel
crotal bell 17-18thC
information about crotal bells:

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